Review: Houston Chronicle TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964)

Bookshelf is a monthly column examining printed matter relating to television. While I love watching TV, I also love reading about it, from tie-in novels to TV Guides, from vintage television magazines to old newspaper articles. Bookshelf is published on the second Thursday of each month.

TV Magazine
October 4th-10th, 1964
Published by The Houston Chronicle
72 Pages

As a general rule, I’m only interested in local program guides from the late 1940s and early 1950s, a period when much of the television landscape was still very local (you can find complete scans of a few in the Exhibits section). I purchased this particular program guide almost five years ago when I was researching my article on NBC’s 90 Bristol Court (which you can read here) and haven’t look at it since.

There’s nothing particularly unusual about this specific program guide, published by The Houston Chronicle in October 1964. I don’t know how long TV Magazine was published. Many big newspapers in the 1960s had elaborate weekly television inserts, often with syndicated content, while others simply published weekly television listings in a special radio/TV section.

Front cover to The Houston Chronicle's TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964)
Front cover to The Houston Chronicle’s TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964) – Copyright 1964 The Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle owned a television station in Houston — ABC affiliate KTRK-TV — from 1954-1967 but you wouldn’t know that from reading this guide. There’s only one brief mention of the paper’s ownership of KTRK-TV.

There isn’t much to this guide other than television listings for Sunday, October 4th through Saturday, October 10th. The one-page cover story is about 90 Bristol Court and includes a two-page picture spread (in color). At the end of the guide are color articles on The Andy Williams Show and Jimmy O’Neill of Shindig. Inside the program section there’s a two-page article about the laugh machine designed by Charles Douglas and brief one-page articles about the 1964 Summer Olympic Games and the elaborate Peyton Place town built on the 20th-Century Fox studio lot in California.

Page 16, The Houston Chronicle's TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964)
Page 16, The Houston Chronicle’s TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964) – Copyright 1964 The Houston Chronicle

As expected, the guide also includes information on the week’s specials, sports, color programming and a crossword puzzle.

The bulk of the listings section consists not of actual listings but advertisements for a wide variety of things, from patio furniture to TV service, sewing machines to hearing aids, beef to vacation homes. There are full morning, afternoon and evening listings for four Houston stations: KTRK-TV (ABC), KPRC-TV (NBC), KHOU-TV (CBS) and KUHT-TV (an educational station operated by the University of Houston).

There are also one-page listings (titles only) for 16 other Texas stations: KFDM, KBMT, KPAC, KTRE, KLTV, KWTX, KCEN, KTBC, KENS, KONO, WOAI, KRIS, KZTVKGBT, KRGV, and KBTX.

Page 43, The Houston Chronicle's TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964)
Page 43, The Houston Chronicle’s TV Magazine (October 4th, 1964) – Copyright 1964 The Houston Chronicle

Highlights of the week included the premieres of 90 Bristol Court and daytime soap opera The Young Marrieds, the season premiere of The Andy Williams Show, the start of the 1964 World Series and the opening ceremonies of the 1964 Summer Olympics (broadcast live from Tokyo).

As an example of what an educational station broadcast in 1964, here’s the schedule for KUHT-TV for Thursday, October 8th:

Schedule for KUHT-TV (Channel 8) for Thursday, October 8th, 1964

 7:30AM General Biology: Telecourse
 08:15AM Plane Trigonometry: Telecourse
10:00AM Exploring Mathematics: Elementary school
10:40AM Physics II: Secondary school
11:30AM Political Science: Telecourse
12:45PM Singing, Listening, Doing: elementary school
 1:30PM Exploring with Science: Elementary school
 5:15PM Just Imagine: “Pets”
 5:30PM What’s New
 6:00PM Political Science: Telecourse
 6:30PM British Calendar
 6:45PM Effective Reading and Study: Telecourse
 7:30PM Introductory Accounting: Telecourse
 8:15PM Anthology: Two film features; European nations and the Common Market, and Swiss architecture
 8:30PM Science Reporter
 9:00PM Antiques
 9:30PM Turn of the Century: Music from Rudyard Kipling era

Other educational programming broadcast by KUHT-TV included an hour-long documentary about the Chamizal dispute and a special dramatizing literary works from England.

Quick Reviews

In February 2010 I reviewed the October 3rd, 1964 edition of TV Guide, which included listings for nearly the same period as this TV Magazine.

And in April 2010 I reviewed the March 27th, 1965 edition of TV Guide.


4 Comments

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    NBC was virtually the ONLY network to telecast regular color programming in the 1964-’65 season….albeit just a handful of shows (including some of their movie nights, when they scheduled color films), and a few on weekday and Saturday mornings. ABC had the financial and technical resources to colorcast only TWO series in prime-time {guess which two?}. CBS had a “moratorium” on color since 1959, due to their rivalry with RCA/NBC [Bill Paley had declared, “If we go to color, we’ll only be helping RCA sell more color sets- and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the General (David Sarnoff) do that!”]- however, that didn’t stop Lucille Ball from filming “THE LUCY SHOW” in color, knowing the future of TV was going to be in full color.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Note that the first “official” made for TV movie was telecast on NBC’s “WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES” on October 7th, “See How They Run” (as part of the network’s experimental “Project 120” series of movies that season, produced by MCA/Universal- the FIRST one that was filmed- “The Killers”, starring Lee Marvin and Ronald Reagan- was rejected because NBC’s censors decided it was “too violent”, so Universal released it theatrically).

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    After “90 BRISTOL COURT” expired in January 1965, only “KAREN” continued as a weekly series….until the end of the season, when it was cancelled as well. Debbie Watson then became “TAMMY” on ABC’s fall 1965 schedule.

  • Dave Garrett says:

    The Chronicle’s TV Magazine evolved into TV Chronilog at some point (I’m guessing late 60s-early 70s), and continued under that name until 2004, when the TV Magazine name was resurrected. A few years later, a much-reduced version of the TV listings were consolidated into the paper’s lifestyle/entertainment section and the separate magazine was discontinued. You can see an announcement for the latter-day TV Magazine here:

    http://extras.chron.com/banners/images/2006mediakit/pdfs/2_inpaper_display_advertising/p0415851.pdf

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